International School Grounds Month
May is the annual, global celebration of International School Grounds Month, coordinated by our colleagues at the International School Grounds Alliance. Thanks to the California State Legislature's Living Schoolyard Month Resolution (ACR-128), it is also Living Schoolyard Month in California!
Green Schoolyards America believes school grounds are very important to children and youth, and shape their experience of the world around them. If you agree with us, we hope you will take some time in May, and year round, to go outside on school grounds with students of any age, to engage in outdoor learning, play and other activities.
Green Schoolyards America and the International School Grounds Alliance collaborate to produce a set of free, digital schoolyard Activity Guides, designed to provide a wide range of outdoor activity ideas for schools that work with children between the ages of 3 and 18 years old. We hope our Activity Guides will encourage schools across the United States, and around the world, to take their students outside during the month of May—and throughout the year— to celebrate their grounds and use them to their fullest.
There are two collaboratively written books in our set, and they follow the same format. Each book includes dozens of activity ideas written by our colleagues at other organizations, and each is updated regularly with additional ideas so the collection grows over time.
Green Schoolyards America’s Living Schoolyard Activity Guide – United States Edition now includes 131 ideas for year-round school ground activities, written by 122 organizations from across the United States.
The International School Grounds Month Activity Guide includes an additional 104 ideas for use outdoors in May, written by 73 organizations from 27 countries. It is published by the International School Grounds Alliance (ISGA) and was produced and edited by Green Schoolyards America in collaboration with our ISGA colleagues.
The activities in both Guides cover a wide range of ideas that support learning across the curriculum, promote healthy lifestyles, and encourage play and exploration during children’s free time, before, during and after school. Many of the activities also focus on ways to help children and youth understand the places they live, and connect to their neighborhood’s unique natural, geographic, and cultural context.
We hope these ideas will inspire you and help you get started dreaming up outdoor activities for your own local school, wherever you live. All of the activities are intended for use anywhere in the world, so be sure to download both of the free books and share them with your friends and colleagues!
After you participate in May:
Please tell us about your schoolyard adventures by registering your school here.
Supporting CCGBC Values:
"We believe in protection and stewardship of the natural environment, acknowledging its relationship with the built environment.